9 Best Places to Retire in Vermont

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The New England state of Vermont is the second-least populated in the country, which is appealing to retirees seeking a quiet life. If you love colorful Fall foliage and don’t mind cold winters, Vermont might be the place for you. There’s plenty to do for the active retiree. There are ski resorts in the mountains and Lake Champlain is a popular spot for sailing and other water sports in the warmer months. Vermont ranks in the top 10 states for best health and longest life expectancy. The website InsiderMonkey.com ranked the best retirement spots based on cost of living, physicians per capita, crime rates, and percent of retired residents.

1) St. Johnsbury

St. Johnsbury took the top spot because it is both the cheapest and one of the safest. Cost of living is 4 percent less than the national average, and 18 percent of the residents are 65 and older. It’s a quaint New England town with the charm one would expect with a population just over 6,000. The Good Living Senior Center is open to residents 50 and older. It hosts a variety of activities including Bingo, knitting, poetry breakfasts, and exercise classes. The center also coordinates with the St. Johnsbury Senior Meal Site to provide daily hot lunches and a salad bar. Residents can check out the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, the Athenaeum, Old Stone House Museum, and Shores Memorial Museum. Franconia Notch State Park is also nearby. And if you like snow, St. Johnsbury has the highest average snowfall in Vermont.

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